Illinois State Museum 


Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 7:45 AM to 7:30 PM CDT
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Elizabeth Bazan 
Illinois State Museum 


Illinois State Museum 
502 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706

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Lockport & Joliet Summer Day Trip

Illinois State Museum Lockport Join us for a unique summer day trip as we explore places significant in the cultural heritage of our state of Illinois. In 1850, the Norton Building was built on the banks of the I&M Canal in Lockport to process grain. Today it is home to the ISM—Lockport Gallery. Curator John Lustig will provide an overview of the building’s architectural components and the current exhibit Rocked and Rolled, which presents art celebrating the last 50 years of music paired with spectacular specimens from the Museum’s geology collection. We will also see the canal, said to have been the source of Chicago’s growth. 

The Illinois State Penitentiary in Joliet opened in 1858 and it was in use until 2002. This unique facility is remembered for many reasons including its fascinating architecture, significant inmates, and the many film and television references including “The Blues Brothers” filmed in 1980. Recently, some parts of the prison were opened for tours that recount the history of this notorious place.

Destinations will include:

  • Illinois State Museum-Lockport Gallery Special Exhibit: Rocked and Rolled: Moon Rocks, Meteorites, & Rock Stars
  • Illinois & Michigan Canal
  • Old Joliet Prison: 1.5 hour guided tour
  • Drive-by other historic sites

Cost Includes:

  • Chartered motorcoach
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Admission to all facilities, museums, and sites
  • Educational presentations

Cost (per person):
Participants must be at least 15 years of age.

  • Members: $129
  • Non-Members: $149
Payment Deadlines
  • $75 per person deposit due by Monday, July 8
  • Final balance due by Friday, August 2

Space is limited.

Register Now!To register by mail, print and complete this form.

ISM Society Members in the Lockport and Chicago areas can contact Elizabeth Bazan regarding special pricing with no transportation provided at (217) 558-6696 or

Cancelation policy: For cancellations made before August 2, no deposits will be refunded unless the spot can be filled. If the spot is filled, the cancellation fee will be 25% of the deposit. After August 2, no refund will be given unless the spot can be filled. If the spot is filled the cancellation fee will be 25% of the total trip fee.
Photos: Canal - flickr user teemu008, Prison - flickr user David Wilson, Fuel pump - Flickr user russelstreet, Prison (reverse) - flickr user Kai Schreiber.